Thursday, September 17, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 41.1 GB
Film Size: 27.8 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region Free

Video
Wolverine comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The release has very rich colors and I found the black levels to be top notch, we really get a film like look. Grain is all there, detail can be stunning, and effects can get cheesy. I was surprised how bad the special effects were in the film at times, at times looking like video game meets the real world.

If I had to knock anything about the video, it would definitely be the effects, making things stand out a little too much to the point it got distracting. There's not much that can be done about that though. Overall I'm sure fans and high-def enthusiasts will find the look to be very good in general, despite it's special effects faults. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and does the job just fine for an action release. To be honest though, I couldn't help but feel a bit underwhelmed by the track overall. I found it to be rather dull at times, and it never really reached the level of some of the better action film mixes on Blu-ray.

Generic could be another word used, effects never felt as clear as I would have hoped either, it was there but nothing really stood out. Despite the negatives, the mix is still very good, and I did find it had a good sense of direction as far as surround use. 8.5/10.

Extras

Live Lookup (BD-Live)
A neat feature via BD-Live allows you to look up actors and their other projects from IMDB.com on your Blu-ray player.

Commentary by Director Gavin Hood

Commentary by Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter

The Roots Of Wolverine: A Conversation With Stan Lee & Len Wein (16:18) (HD)
The legend Stan Lee & Len Wein discuss the character of Wolverine, and how he was changed over time.

Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins (12:05) (HD)
Behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew, typical interviews about working on the film, etc.

Weapon X Mutant Files (53:56) (HD)
Get an in depth look at the mutant characters featured in the film, including behind-the-scenes footage. You can play all, or select by specific character as well.

The Thrill Of The Chase: The Helicopter Sequence (5:53) (HD)
The helicopter chase is a one of the biggest scenes in the film, see how the sequence was done.

Ultimate X-Mode (PiP)
a Picture-in-Picture track includes X Connect, The Director's Chair, Pre-Visualizing Wolverine and X Facts.

Deleted And Alternate Scenes (9:33) (HD)
Four scenes are included and are available with commentary from Director Gavin Hood.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: World Premiere (6:23) (SD)
Tava Smiley interviews fans and cast at the World Premiere of the film in Tempe, Arizona.

Fox On Blu-ray (HD/SD)
Previews for other Fox releases available or coming soon to Blu-ray.

Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
Wolverine is the definition of mixed bag. While I did find the film fun overall, it wasn't much more than fun. The film felt quite mindless overall, filled with attempted 'over the top' action scenes that really were lackluster. Fans of the X-Men series may enjoy the film, and I'm sure people in general will get a kick out of Wolverine, but the film just doesn't totally work.

The Blu-ray release itself is very strong, including a good video presentation, nice audio, and a wide assortment of bonus features. If you are a fan of the film, the Blu-ray release is definitely the way to go, easily trumping the DVD. But to those new to the film, I would suggest you 'Give It A Rent First.'

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